State of the Planet

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Climate News Roundup: Week of 2/2

NASA: Global warming caused mostly by humans USA Today, 1/31

The space agency published new calculations showing that the Earth absorbed more energy from the sun than it returned to space despite the low solar activity from 2005 to 2010. Availability of better measurements of ocean temperatures helped the research team improve their estimates of the energy imbalance. James Hansen, who lead the research effort, said that the new findings are “unequivocal evidence that the sun is not the dominant driver of global warming.”

No Need to Panic About Global Warming, Wall Street Journal 1/27

16 “concerned scientists”, most of them with expertise outside climate, published an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal early this week questioning the science behind climate change and the validity of climate models.

Check With Climate Scientists for Views on Climate, Wall Street Journal 2/1

“Do you consult your dentist about your heart condition?” Is the opening line of the letter sent to the Wall Street Journal as a reply to the article mentioned above. Some of the most renowned climate scientist signed this letter refuting the misinterpretations and lies that the original article pointed out. Andy Revkin, science journalist for the New York Times, published a pieceon his blog explaining how the original WSJ article not only got the science wrong, but also misinterpreted the economics.

India records world-beating green energy growth, The Guardian 2/3

India finished 2011 with more than $10.3bn in clean energy investment. This number represents a growth rate of 52% compared to last year. This incredible growth was largely driven by investment in wind and solar power. Solar installations increased seven fold, jumping from $0.6bn in 2010 to $4.2bn in 2011, while the wind sector had an total investment of $4.6bn for the same period.

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